Football recruiting: Nagel commits to Duke
BY BETH LONG For Sun-Times Media Twitter: @Beth_Long June 8, 2014 11:06PM
Wide receiver Flynn Nagel is transferring from Marist to Lemont. | File photo
Updated: July 10, 2014 6:34AM
The recruiting process is in the books for Scout.com three-star wide receiver Flynn Nagel, of Lemont, who announced his verbal commitment to Duke on Saturday.
One week ago, Nagel visited the Blue Devils for the first time.
“Duke was awesome, just like everyone talked about,” Nagel said. “The campus was awesome, the coaches were really nice people and talked about character a lot. They actually have player-run practices and that says something about the program in general.”
Nagel returned home and shortly after Duke coach David Cutcliffe offered the speedy receiver. He committed after talking it over with his family.
Nagel tweeted about his commitment:
“After many long talks with my family and many prayers, I am excited to announce that I have committed to Duke University,” he wrote.
Huffs headed to Minnesota
Bolingbrook’s Jacob and Julian Huff will continue to make college football a family affair. Both committed to Minnesota.
Jacob, a defensive back, and Julian, a linebacker, are twins and although they didn’t make it a requirement that they play together at the same level, they drew interest from similar schools.
“It felt great having options. I spent a lot of time these past three years worrying about where I’m going to college,” Julian said. “And how I am going to get there. It’s really humbling to know that through faith all things are possible.”
Jacob decided he wanted to commit first and casually told his brother. After a few days, Julian decided Minnesota was the right fit for him as well.
“It wasn’t really a spur of the moment type of decision. I have been thinking about it,” Jacob said. “I told my dad I was going to commit on Monday, and Julian was still thinking about it. I didn’t recruit him at all. I never pressured him. I just told him to do what he wanted and I was going to do what I wanted.”
The two committed one after the other on the phone to Minnesota coach Jerry Kill.
Stringer adds Badgers
Crete-Monee defensive player Omari Stringer has seen his recruitment take off since the spring evaluation period started, adding offers from Minnesota, Missouri, Connecticut, Northern Illinois and now Wisconsin.
“I couldn’t even find the words to say how excited I was when Wisconsin offered because they are a school I really wanted an offer from,” Stringer said. “Growing up a Big Ten fan, I’ve always rooted for Wisconsin.”
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect recorded 40 tackles and four forced fumbles for the Warriors as a junior.
One of the reasons Wisconsin sticks out for Stringer is the relationship he has built with his main recruiter, offensive line coach T.J. Woods.
“He really surprised me. He actually told my mom first that they were going to offer,” Stringer said. “He got to know her well, not just on a football level. That is really important.”